How To Make A Foldable With Ideas to Try Today

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Are you looking for a fun way to teach your child? Try this great foldable! It is quick and easy to make and can be used for all kinds of different topics like learning numbers, colors, and words. As we continue on, I will show you how to make a foldable along with fun ideas on how to use the foldables you make. Here we go!

How To Make A Foldable

Step 1: Take 3-4* pieces of paper and place them neatly in a stack with a little space (about a finger’s width) in between each page.

Step 2: Fold the pages down so they stay in place.

Step 3: Staple across the top of the pages to secure the foldable.

Step 4: Draw or write on each page.

*You can use as many pages as you need for your foldable.

how to make a foldable- step by step

I used this type of foldable often in my classroom teaching 6- year olds.

I would sometimes make the foldables ahead of time depending on the amount of pages we were going to use and how much time we had to work with.

You can decide if your child is old enough to make their own foldable or if it is best for you to get things ready beforehand and then let them fill in the information.

There are all kinds of fun ways you can use these books to help your kids learn! Here are a few ideas to get you started.

Numbers Foldable

After you have followed the steps above do the following on each page:

1. Write the number.

2. Write the number word.

3. Draw a picture with the amount of objects showing that number.

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Make it fun! Let your child use different art materials like crayons, colored pencils, markers, etc. to create their book.

The more they feel like they can make it their own, the more likely they’ll stick to the task and use the book after it’s done!

After the book is done invite them to “read” it to you, siblings, cousins, grandparents, you get the idea.

The more they are able to show it off the more they will be looking at it and hopefully practicing and remembering their numbers.

Alphabet Foldable

You can use 13 pieces of paper folded in half if you’d like each letter to have its own page or a variation of that number to fit more than one letter per page.

Some variations could be:

  • 13 pieces folded in half= 26 pages. (One alphabet letter per page)
  • 6 pieces folded in half= 12 pages. (2 letters to a page with 2 pages having 3 letters)
  • 4 pages folded in half= 8 pages. (3 letters to a page with 2 pages having 4 letters
  • 3 pages folded in half= 6 pages. (4 letters to a page with 2 pages having 5 letters)

After you choose the number of pages you would like and have created the book, let your kiddo use fun materials to fill in the pages.

Depending on how much space you have for each page, you could include a variety of things on each page.

how to make a foldable- the alphabet
This book was made with 4 pages folded in half.

Some options could be:

  • uppercase and lowercase of the letter
  • a picture of something that starts with the letter
  • a word that starts with the letter (and describes the picture)

Find more alphabet activities here to keep your kiddo learning!

Shapes Foldable

Shapes are all around us, which make it even more exciting for your kids to learn about and begin to recognize things in their everyday life.

Feel free to customize this foldable however you’d like, but I do have a couple suggestions.

1. Create a foldable of 2D shapes.

  • Use shapes like a square, circle, triangle, rectangle, rhombus, and hexagon.
  • Draw or glue each shape onto a page. (Cutting pictures out of a magazine or printing things can add a bit of fun and color.)
  • Try these other shapes activities for some additional fun and free printables, which could also double as shapes you could cut out to put into a foldable, just sayin’ 😉
  • Add extra information like the name of the shape, how many sides and vertices (corners) it has or items that have that shape. IE. square, 4 sides 4 vertices, a post-it note.
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2. Create a foldable of 3D shapes.

  • Use shapes like a cube, sphere, cylinder, cone, rectangular prism, and pyramid.
  • Draw or glue each shape onto a page.
  • Add extra information like the name of the shape, how many faces (flat surfaces) and vertices it has or objects that represent that shape. IE. cube, 6 faces, 8 vertices, a ball.

There are so many great things to do with shapes! This is a great activity to add to your bag of tricks.

Sight Words Foldable

Sight words are words that your child can learn to recognize without having to sound them out.

These are common words they’ll see in books, magazines, on billboards, etc.

Practicing sight words can help your child become a faster reader as they recognize and read these words and then be ready to move onto more challenging words they come across while reading.

Using a foldable, help your child choose 5-10 sight words to focus on. Make the foldable with the amount of pages equal to the words you have chosen.

  • Write a sight word on each page.
  • Write a sentence on each page using the sight word.
  • When possible, draw a picture that goes along with the word/sentence.

The best way is to have your kiddo come up with the sentence. Boom- ownership!

They’ll be more likely to buy into the foldable idea if they have had a part in creating the information in it.

how to make a foldable- sight words

Colors Foldable

Learning colors can be great!

If you’d like to start out simple, make a foldable with 3 pages folded over to make 6 tabs. Write a color word on each page: red, yellow, blue, orange, green, and purple (violet).

This is another chance to use that creativity!

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  • Using a crayon, colored pencil, or marker help your child draw things that represent each color, to help them remember what they have drawn.
  • Write the word underneath the picture.
  • Another idea is to give them old magazines and let them cut and glue pictures that represent each color.

Below are some ideas of objects you are welcome to use for each color. 🙂

red: red apple, cherries, strawberry, stop sign, lady bug, crab

yellow: banana, corn, rubber duck, lemon, sun, bee

blue: blueberry, whale, balloon, sky, bluebird, butterfly

orange: orange (fruit!), basketball, carrot, popsicle, fox, pumpkin

green: peas, frog, tennis ball, green apple, broccoli, cucumber

purple: grapes, jam, flowers, shirt, balloon, onion

5 Food Groups Foldable

Teaching your kids about the 5 food groups using this foldable can be an organized and easy way to get some basic information written out and easy to look at later.

Write the names of each of the 5 food groups on each tab. Grains, vegetables, fruits, meat, and dairy.

Under each flap, write examples of food that fit under each group.

how to make a foldable- 5 food groups

Feel free to use these ideas!

Grains: bread, oatmeal, rice, tortillas, pasta

Vegetables: corn, broccoli, potatoes, peas, carrots

Fruits: berries, bananas, apples, pears, oranges

Meat/Protein: chicken, beef, ham, eggs, peanut butter

Dairy: yogurt, cheese, milk

Wrapping Things Up

We have just scratched the surface on the potential uses for this foldable.

Our kiddos are learning so much as they grow up, why not give them different ways to learn the information and create their own tools?

There are many learning adventures ahead, so grab your paper, stapler, writing and drawing utensils and get to creating!


What other ideas came to mind for using this foldable? Please share in the comments below!

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2 thoughts on “How To Make A Foldable With Ideas to Try Today”

  1. I absolutely love this idea!  

    My son just turned 6 and he will be starting Kindergarten this fall.  It’s still up in the air if he will go every other day or virtual with CODIV-19 (the district is still deciding).  If I do have to homeschool him, this will be a wonderful activity to do together!  No matter what, I’m still going to try this.  What a great way to have them learn shapes, numbers, the alphabet, etc.  It’s fun and interactive!  It will be a great way for my son to be involved in folding the pages, picking his color of paper out, and help me staple them together.  

    Thank you so much for sharing such a great educational activity!

    • I’m so glad it will be a fun activity for your kiddo, I would love to hear how it goes! Your son is the perfect age for these activities. He is in the age group I worked with the most as a teacher. Please feel free to share any additional ideas you end up using this foldable with. 🙂

      If you’re interested, these are a few more graphic organizers that can be used for all kinds of topics as well.


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